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  • Prayer and a Light for Ukraine

    Bruce Mir
    April 23, 2020

    While Ukrainian church leaders are building up new believers in the love and security of God, the coronavirus is shaking their nation with fear and uncertainty.

    God has really been growing his church the last few years since the revolution here in Ukraine, and we’ve been privileged to come alongside many open hearts that are now experiencing God and his love for the first time.

  • The Prayers That Shake Kingdoms

    Rachel Chimits
    April 22, 2020

    Praying is a crucial part of the Christian life, and we need communication with the Lord to flourish, so how do we pray with power and passion?

    Most Christians have heard of Jim Elliot, and those who aren’t Christians are usually able to summon up a few details about him — “Isn’t that the guy who tried to contact a secluded native people group somewhere in South American and got killed?” — even if they view him as an anthropological disruption rather than a hero of the faith. 

  • Handling COVID-19 in Uganda

    Kent Nolley
    April 21, 2020

    Africa has not featured heavily in much of recent news, but they are still being deeply impacted by the specter of the coronavirus.

    In the middle of March, the coronavirus came into Uganda, and it has devastated our economy like it has for many other countries in the world. The problem that we have here is that there are no government structures in place to deal with it.

  • A Blessing in Egypt

    Mark Buzzetta
    April 20, 2020

    “In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will say, “Blessed be Egypt, my people…” (Isaiah 19:24-25 NLT).

    My name is Samira. I live in a village in Egypt. I am 29 years old, a Christian, a mother of 3 beautiful children. I am a widow.

  • Fueled by Passion and the Call

    Keith Holloway
    April 16, 2020

    Ministers and the church in Egypt are working tirelessly to reach their people, despite a challenging Muslim culture.

    Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and the second-most densely populated nation on the African continent, and nearly all of the country's people are packed into the cities of Cairo and Alexandria.

  • Making the Music of Freedom

    Rachel Chimits
    April 14, 2020

    As God moves in his life, one man is rediscovering the musical abilities that seemed lost in the sea of heroin addiction.

    According to government studies, nearly 22 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or drugs.

    Jerry Nance, director of Global Teen Challenge, points out that the world is in an epidemic of addiction. No matter where he goes—India, the Netherlands, Vietnam, America—he has found that drugs are the modern method of drowning out pain and hopelessness.

  • A Meditation on Fearing Death

    Rachel Chimits
    April 13, 2020

    When people talk about dying, they could be referring to a couple different aspects of death, and we should not condemn their fears without understanding what they’re discussing.

    As Christians, we’re more or less told that being fearful of death is sinful. Look at the great martyrs of the faith who boldly stepped up to the plate! Shame on you for shrinking back even a teensy bit!